Procession of the Dead by Darren Shan
(The City)

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Darren Shan, New York Times bestselling author of the Cirque du Freak and Demonata series, makes his adult fiction debut with this first book in a dark and twisted new series, The City.


What had I done before coming to the City? I couldn't remember. It sounded crazy but my past was a blank. I could recall every step since alighting from the train, but not a single one before.

Young, quick-witted, and cocksure, Capac Raimi arrives in the City determined to make his mark in a world of sweet, sinister sin. He finds the City is a place of exotic dangers: a legendary assassin with snakes tattooed on his face who moves like smoke, blind Incan priests whom no one seems to see, a kingpin who plays with puppets, and friends who mysteriously disappear as though they never existed. Then Capac crosses paths with The Cardinal, and his life changes forever.

The Cardinal is the City, and the City is The Cardinal. They are joined at the soul. Nothing moves on the streets, or below them, without The Cardinal's knowledge. His rule is absolute.

When Capac discovers how deeply The Cardinal has influenced his life, he is faced with hard choices that conflict with his soaring ambition. To find his way, Capac must know himself and what he is capable of. But how can you trust yourself when you can't remember your past?

About Darren Shan

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Darren Shan is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels have sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Darren is currently working on The Saga of Larten Crepsley, the much-anticipated prequel to Cirque Du Freak. Birth of a Killer, the first book in this quartet about the master vampire, will be available in October 2010. Darren lives in Ireland, where he writes and collects art, comics, and film.
Published May 14, 2010 by Grand Central Publishing. 299 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Non-fiction

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Instead of killing Capac, however, The Cardinal recruits him and puts him to work selling insurance.

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Book Reporter

The story begins as Capac Raimi arrives on a train that has brought him to the City, a place run by the legendary and feared man known only as The Cardinal: “Stories about The Cardinal were as legion as the corpses buried in the city’s concrete foundations.

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But it’s endemic of a bigger problem: Shan’s setting is so vaguely defined and flimsily furnished, it’s impossible to tell whether it’s some sort of alternate-reality present, a near-future dystopia, or just a poorly conceived piece of shit.

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The Bookbag

The Cardinal is the City and the City is the Cardinal.

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Fantasy Literature

The original author, Darren O’Shaughnessy, went on to fame and fortune under a new pen name (Darren Shan) and with a new series (The Saga of Darren Shan).

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